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Thomas Massie Response to United States Involvement in Syria

Thomas Massie
4th District

Congress of the United States
House of Representatives

September 6, 2013

Thank you for contacting me with your concerns about United States military involvement in Syria. I share your concern and am opposed to any U.S. military intervention.

Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution gives Congress the sole power to declare war. Our Founding Fathers believed that Congress-not the President-should possess this power. They believed that giving this authority to the executive branch presents a direct threat to liberty.

Although the President now claims that he will seek permission from Congress before he launches offensive military strikes in Syria, he also says that he has the right to act unilaterally without Congress. This is unconstitutional.

Recent events in Syria do not affect the national security interests of the United States whatsoever. No compelling reason exists that would justify risking the lives of our brave men and women in the U.S. military who would be sent to Syria. In addition, there will likely be civilian casualties as a result of any military action. It is morally wrong to place the lives of soldiers and civilians in danger to attack a country that poses no threat to the United States. It is also morally wrong to burden American taxpayers with the financial costs of any military action.

In June of 2013, I introduced H.R. 2507, the War Powers Protection Act of 2013. This bill prohibits military assistance to any group or individual in Syria without a formal congressional declaration of war. I also plan to vote against any upcoming bill that authorizes the use of U.S. military force against Syria.

Thank you again for writing to me. If I can be of further assistance, please let me know.


Thomas Massie
Member of Congress

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Louise M. Slaughter (D)

Sounds like she's either still undecided or will vote along party lines.

Thank you for contacting me to oppose military intervention in Syria. I appreciate hearing from you on this important matter.

I am deeply concerned about the events that have unfolded over the last two years in Syria, including the allegations of the brutal and horrific use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime against its own people. As you know, in March 2011, the Arab Spring arrived in Syria, putting President Bashar al-Assad on the defensive for the first time in his 11-year presidency. In order to suppress the demonstrations, the government responded brutally. The confrontations and violence have escalated to a civil war and most reports indicate that well over 100,000 Syrians, mostly civilians, have been killed since the beginning of the conflict.

I am pleased that President Obama is looking to Congress, as the people’s representatives, for approval before moving forward with military action. I have been engaged with the Obama Administration and my colleagues on the draft resolution authorizing military force, have participated in White House conference calls on the situation in Syria, and will receive classified bipartisan briefings on Syria in the days ahead. Furthermore, in addition to hearing from hundreds of constituents like you who have contacted me by phone and through my website, my office is proactively reaching out to over 15,000 constituents to register local opinions on this critical issue.

As you may know, on September 4, 2013, the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations approved a joint resolution authorizing the limited use of military force in Syria by a vote of 10 to 7, with members of both parties supporting and opposing the measure. The Senate resolution would permit the President to use military force only to “respond to the use of weapons of mass destruction” by the Syrian government, deter the use of such weapons to protect national security interests, “degrade Syria’s capacity to use such weapons in the future,” and prevent the transfer of such weapons to other groups within Syria. The resolution expressly prohibits the use of U.S. troops on the ground and restricts! the use of force to targets within Syria. It would terminate after 60 days, with the possibility of a single 30-day extension. This joint resolution must be approved by the full Senate and then the House of Representatives before taking effect. At this time it has not been decided when and in what form the resolution will be voted on in the House of Representatives.

The decision to use military force against another country is the most serious vote a member of Congress has to take. Members of Congress and the American public deserve a thorough public debate that takes into account our national interest, our responsibility to the international community, our realistic capacity to end the human suffering in Syria, and the views of the American people.

I have heard from many constituents who are understandably weary of war and rightly skeptical of engaging in another conflict. Over a decade ago, the country conducted a similar debate on authorizing force against Iraq, a resolution which I opposed after careful and thorough consideration. Ten years, 4,000 American lives, and trillions of taxpayer dollars later, I stand by that vote. You can count on me to keep your views in mind as I apply the same careful scrutiny to this coming debate to ensure that we make the best decision with regards to an intervention in Syria.

I always appreciate hearing from my constituents about the issues that matter to them. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future. If you are interested in receiving my e-newsletter - the “Louise Line” - to update you about my work on your behalf in Washington, or for other information, please visit my website at www.louise.house.gov.


Louise M. Slaughter

Rep. Rob Woodall's position

I posted it elsewhere but it fits here too. From the e-newsletter of Rob Woodall (R-GA):

Our Founding Fathers were wise, and they knew the terror of war. That is why they placed the power to go to war with the Congress, so that the American people -- the ones who do the fighting -- could have their voices heard. I respect the President's authority as our Commander-in-Chief, and I know how difficult the decision to use our Armed Forces is for any president. That is why, when possible, the President should always seek the support of Congress. The collective wisdom of the American people informs Congress and Congress informs the President. That is why I joined a group of my colleagues last week in writing to President Obama and urging him to seek Congressional authorization before taking action against Syria. I am pleased that the President has now agreed to follow that advice.

With the facts that I know today, I do not support an attack on Syria. I returned to Washington to attend the classified briefings and read the Intelligence Community's justifications for military action. While I have no doubt that President Assad has committed crimes against his people, I have grave doubts that America's unilateral "limited involvement," as the President describes it, in Syria's civil war will bring justice to anyone. A threat to America requires an American response. A violation of international rules of warfare requires an international response. I intend to watch the Arab League, the European Union, and the United Nations for their response, but I cannot support the broad granting of unilateral power that the President has asked for in his Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF).

I am so envious

Here's the email response I got from my representative:

Thank you for contacting my office. Your opinions and comments are important to me and I appreciate you taking the time to write. At this time, my office is experiencing a large volume of incoming correspondence. However, please be assured that my staff and I will respond to you as quickly as possible.

If your correspondence is urgent and/or regarding a personal casework issue you are having with the federal government, please contact my Rochester office by phone at (585) 232-4850.

Please know that through www.louise.house.gov you can access information regarding how my office can be of assistance to you.

I always appreciate hearing from my constituents about the issues that matter to them. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future. If you are interested in receiving my e-newsletter - the “Louise Line” - to update you about my work on your behalf in Washington, or for other information, please visit my website at www.louise.house.gov.


Louise M. Slaughter

I guess I shouldn't be surprised. It turns out that she is a key player in the Obamacare debacle.

refreshing. Look at the response i got from Nelson (FL)

Here is Nelson's response to my email to him titled "Disgrace"

Dear Mr. Mc:

Thank you for sharing your thoughts about the situation in Syria.

I think everyone can agree that the use of chemical weapons there is cause for moral outrage.

Some argue against a U.S. response. But I agree with President Obama, Secretary of State Kerry, and many of the GOP leaders, such as Senators McCain and Graham, that it's in our nation's best interest to hold accountable a dictator who uses weapons of mass destruction and slaughters innocents.

We also believe we should limit our nation’s direct military involvement.

I very much appreciated hearing from you on this important issue. Varied perspectives help me to be a better public servant. Thank you.

Bill Nelson

He's got to go!!!!!!

I agree! I sure didn't vote for him!

He's also for gun control laws, NSA spying, and the fact that he respects the likes of McLame and Looney Graham....well... that just speaks volumes to his own character!

If you can read this thank a teacher. Because it's in English thank a soldier!

"The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money."
- Alexis de Tocqueville

Bump for Massie

I love this guy!

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